The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will promote sustainable agriculture practices at village-level under a new scheme named Lead Crop Scheme this fiscal to increase productivity of lead crops and, thereby, achieve four percent sustained agriculture growth in the State.

NABARD sources told The Hindu that the project would be implemented in phases in coordination with the Project Facilitating Agencies (PFAs) such as agricultural universities, NGOs and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

“The main objective of the scheme is to enhance productivity of the lead crops of the villages to be covered through progressive farming practices,” the sources said.

NABARD will allocate a grant of Rs.50 lakh to every cluster of five villages covered.

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